Manchester Monarchs rookie Teddy Purcell scored three
times in regulation and netted the decisive shootout goal to give the
Canadian AHL All-Stars a 9-8 come-from-behind win over the PlanetUSA AHL
All-Stars at the 2008 AHL All-Star Game tonight in Binghamton, N.Y.
The game was witnessed by a capacity crowd at the Broome County Veterans
Memorial Arena as well as national television audiences in Canada on Rogers
Sportsnet and in the United States on a series of regional networks. The
broadcast was also heard on XM Satellite Radio.
Binghamton Senators left wing Denis Hamel and defenseman Lawrence Nycholat each tallied one assist for the team Canada in front of the hometown crowd.
Purcell, the AHL's third-leading scorer with 54 points in 41 games, notched
just the fourth hat trick in event history to earn Reebok All-Star Game MVP
honors and lead the Canadians to a split of the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic
presented by Reebok. PlanetUSA took a 15-9 decision in Sunday evening's 2008
CCM AHL All-Star Skills Competition.
Martin St. Pierre of the Rockford IceHogs recorded a goal and two assists
for the Canadians, tying an AHL record with eight career All-Star Game
points. Corey Locke of the Hamilton Bulldogs also had a goal and two
assists, and the Manitoba Moose's Drew MacIntyre stopped 15 of 16 shots in
the third period and four of five attempts in the shootout as the Canadians
rallied from an 8-6 deficit to earn their seventh win in the last nine
Rookie T.J. Hensick of the Lake Erie Monsters led PlanetUSA with a
four-point night (two goals, two assists). Toby Petersen of the Iowa Stars
had three points for PlanetUSA, including a goal on the first penalty shot
attempt in event history. Joey Tenute of the San Antonio Rampage answered
Petersen's marker eight seconds later for the fastest two goals in All-Star
The B-Sens return to action on Friday, Feb. 1 when the Norfolk Admirals visit the Arena. For more information on ticket packages please call the Binghamton Senators executive office at (607) 722-SENS.